I'm rattled by the suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. I had a recent talk with a friend about mental health and creativity, and the stress that designers, writers and other creatives put on themselves. Expectations are unrelenting and exhausting.

Bob Wertz

Husband, Dad (x3), Creative Director at @UofSC, Type Designer, Teacher and Volunteer. Blogs at Sketchbook B and Wanted in Columbia.

I hate it when I have the perfect name for something โ€“ a blog, project, font, etc. โ€“ and it's already taken. 

Bob Wertz

Husband, Dad (x3), Creative Director at @UofSC, Type Designer, Teacher and Volunteer. Blogs at Sketchbook B and Wanted in Columbia.

Iโ€™m amazed how some people become so obsessed with the process, that they miss the point of the process. 

Bob Wertz

Husband, Dad (x3), Creative Director at @UofSC, Type Designer, Teacher and Volunteer. Blogs at Sketchbook B and Wanted in Columbia.

I keep a folder in Ulysses with blog post ideas. Things I want to write about. I just checked the folder and I've got 39 ideas or half-written posts sitting there... Time to get writing.

Bob Wertz

Husband, Dad (x3), Creative Director at @UofSC, Type Designer, Teacher and Volunteer. Blogs at Sketchbook B and Wanted in Columbia.

Had a great time at the Atlanta Pen Show this weekend. Always great to see Myke and Brad record The Pen Addict in front of a live studio audience.

Bob Wertz

Husband, Dad (x3), Creative Director at @UofSC, Type Designer, Teacher and Volunteer. Blogs at Sketchbook B and Wanted in Columbia.

Seriously just had the strangest InDesign bug ever. I printed a document, but a different document came out of the printer. It persisted until I restarted InDesign. Now it's fine. Weird...

Bob Wertz

Husband, Dad (x3), Creative Director at @UofSC, Type Designer, Teacher and Volunteer. Blogs at Sketchbook B and Wanted in Columbia.

I've been thinking a lot lately about the concept of community. How do you define community? What makes something an "online community" vs. an app or a platform?

Bob Wertz

Husband, Dad (x3), Creative Director at @UofSC, Type Designer, Teacher and Volunteer. Blogs at Sketchbook B and Wanted in Columbia.

I'm trying to read more books. Especially fiction. So much of my reading is directed at short articles or non-fiction. But I need to make time for reading more novels... ๐Ÿ“š

Bob Wertz

Husband, Dad (x3), Creative Director at @UofSC, Type Designer, Teacher and Volunteer. Blogs at Sketchbook B and Wanted in Columbia.

I didn't feel like working on a particular a project this morning. Instead, I got my work email to Inbox Zero. So I procrastinated, but I did it productively.

Bob Wertz

Husband, Dad (x3), Creative Director at @UofSC, Type Designer, Teacher and Volunteer. Blogs at Sketchbook B and Wanted in Columbia.

I'm primarily a print designer that plays around with HTML and CSS from time-to-time. That said, everything I'm reading about CSS Grids has me really interested in doing more web work.